We have received such a huge response to our call to action yesterday. Many of our supporters have been contacting the Minister for Immigration and the venues hosting rapper "Tyler the creator."
One of our Melbourne supporters emailed the Palace Theatre in Melbourne with her concerns yesterday.
Here is the response she received:
On 03/06/2013, at 9:11 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Ha this one looks cut and pasted, I reckon this s the same person
using different addresses. Happened last time we had a Woo Tang
Sent via BlackBerry® from Vodafone
Clearly this email was intended for someone else, but it serves to show the attitude the Palace Theatre has towards the community. Protests about violence against women are just a bit of a joke! The Palace are more concerned about the fact that our supporter "copied and pasted" Tyler's lyrics, than the safety of women in Melbourne.
In another email, the Palace defended its decision to host the event by saying it wasn't the Palace Theatre who brought Tyler to the country, it was a "well regarded touring promoter":
Date: 4 June 2013 3:29:25 PM AEST
Subject: Re: Tyler the creator
we did not bring this act to the country a well regarded touring promoter did. We've received 4 or 5 of these and all are virtually identical and look copied. You are within your rights to disapprove by not attending the show.
We can say for certain that the Palace Theatre has received many more than "4 or 5" complaints about Tyler the Creator.
Let the Palace know that there is no excuse for offering a platform to someone glorifying violence against women.
Contact the Palace Theatre here: email@example.com
Some have reported that they are now receiving annual leave notices from this email address. If this happens, email:
Greg Young – venue bookings firstname.lastname@example.org
[UPDATE] The Palace Theatre is so determined to not hear voices opposing the promotion of violence against women, they are now sending "spam" responses to those making contact.
Write on their Facebook page here.
Tweet them here.
Tweet the Herald Sun here.
Thanks so much for your action on this. You are making a difference!
Melinda Tankard Reist wrote about Tyler the Creator for the Herald Sun. You can view the article on her website here.